Cast & Crew
Condemned to the workhouse cellar after asking for a second helping of porridge, Oliver Twist, who never knew his parents, manages to escape and joins Fagin's band of criminals. Then, the brutal Bill Sikes forces him to take part in a burglary, during which Oliver is shot. Despite his part in the robbery, Oliver is taken in by the burglary victims, who nurse him back to health until Bill finds him, and prepares to kill him for ruining his burglary. Bill's wife Nancy alerts the police, though, and they rescue Oliver. Just before he runs away from the authorities, however, Bill, outraged at Nancy, murders her. Then, Bill dies during his escape, after which Mr. Brownlow, a friend of the boy's late father, finds Oliver after years of searching, and restores to him all of his father's property.
Elsie Jane Wilson
W. S. Van Dyke
Although the character of Nancy is not married to Bill Sikes in the Dickens novel and other adaptations on the screen, Paramount production records refer to her as Nancy Sikes. In 1912 Marie Doro appeared in a New York stage adaptation of Oliver Twist. In addition to the 1912 General Film production, there have been many versions of Oliver Twist on film. Among them are a Vitagraph short in 1909, a British version in 1922, a Monogram version in 1933, the 1948 British version directed by David Lean, and a 1968 British musical production, Oliver!, directed by Carol Reed (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.3593) which won an Academy Award as the best production of the year. Roman Polanski directed another adaptation of the novel in 2005, starring Ben Kinsgley as "Fagan" and Barney Clark as "Oliver Twist."